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New Hampshire Gun Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015 11:26 AM

New Hampshire gun laws are among the most liberal and minimal in the nation. The approach to gun legislation taken in the Live Free or Die State stands in stark contrast to many of its New England neighbors.

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A glance at gun laws in New England shows states within that region are on opposite ends of the gun control spectrum. Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island possess some of the stiffest gun laws in the nation. New Hampshire and Vermont, on the other hand, are home to some of the nation’s most liberal gun laws.

New Hampshire just approved a measure in its state senate to recognize the constitutional right of state residents to carry open or concealed firearms. This supersedes a 1923 law that required police chiefs to issue a state permit for carrying concealed handguns. Permits can still be issued for New Hampshire gun owners who travel to other states so their right to carry a firearm is not impeded.

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Vermont is New Hampshire’s role model in this latest gun legislation. It has had a constitutional carry provision in place for more than 200 years. Neither state requires licensing requirements for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or handgun and neither state possession of these items, except when it comes to convicted felons.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island all require permits to purchase or carry handguns. Supporters of these laws point to a lower rate of death from gun violence as evidence that tighter laws work. The Violence Policy Center noted that all three states rank in the top five for lowest death rates related to gun violence in 2013. Massachusetts had 3.18 deaths per 100,000 people, Connecticut experienced 4.48 deaths per 100,000, and Rhode Island had 5.33 deaths per 100,000.

New Hampshire can offer evidence supporting the argument that less strict gun laws does not translate to increased gun violence. In the same 2013 study, the Granite State ranked sixth out of 50 states in the rate of gun violence related deaths with 7.03 deaths per 100,000 people.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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New Hampshire gun laws are among the most liberal and minimal in the nation. The approach to gun legislation taken in the Live Free or Die State stands in stark contrast to many of its New England neighbors.
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